Germany election: Merkel holds ground in TV debate

Germany election: Merkel holds ground in TV debate

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Media polls after the broadcast put Angela Merkel ahead in the run up to the 24 September vote This was supposed to be the highlight of a lacklustre election campaign. For months German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives have enjoyed a significant lead over their nearest rival – and current […]

Maëlys de Araujo: Man charged with kidnap of missing girl

Maëlys de Araujo: Man charged with kidnap of missing girl

Image copyright AFP Image caption Maëlys attended the wedding with her parents A man has been charged with kidnapping in connection with the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl during a wedding in the French Alps. The man, who has not been named, is one of two suspects questioned over the whereabouts of Maëlys de Araujo. […]

Frankfurt WW2 bomb defused after mass evacuation

Frankfurt WW2 bomb defused after mass evacuation

Image copyright AFP Image caption Bomb disposal experts from Germany’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division sat next to the defused device on Sunday Bomb disposal experts in Frankfurt have successfully defused a massive unexploded bomb from World War Two, officials have announced. The news was greeted with spontaneous applause among some of about 65,000 people who […]

Frankfurt WW2 bomb: Mass evacuation completed

Frankfurt WW2 bomb: Mass evacuation completed

Media captionA man leaves his Frankfurt home in the evacuation About 65,000 Frankfurt residents have left their homes for the day to allow experts to defuse a massive unexploded bomb from World War Two. Police say the defusing operation has begun following the biggest evacuation in post-war German history. Police checked every designated house with […]

Frankfurt hospitals evacuated before WW2 bomb disposal

Frankfurt hospitals evacuated before WW2 bomb disposal

Image copyright AFP Image caption Hospital patients are being bussed to other parts of the city Patients at hospitals in Frankfurt are being moved to prepare for the controlled explosion of a huge bomb left over from World War Two. The 1.4 tonne British bomb, found on a building site on Wednesday, will be made […]

Ryanair flight delayed by ‘drunk jihadist jokers’

Ryanair flight delayed by ‘drunk jihadist jokers’

Image copyright PA Image caption Ryanair says that it treats security on its flights with the utmost seriousness A flight from Brussels to Madrid was delayed by more than two hours while police searched for explosives after a party of Belgian men started making jokes about being Islamists with bombs. Passengers were evacuated as police […]

Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears

Germans in Aachen get free iodine amid Belgium nuclear fears

Image copyright AFP Image caption Tihange nuclear power station worries Germans near the Belgian border The western German city of Aachen has started issuing free iodine tablets to some 500,000 residents and people living nearby because an ageing Belgian nuclear plant is seen as a risk. People can register on the city website to receive […]

Maëlys de Araujo: Second man held over missing girl

Maëlys de Araujo: Second man held over missing girl

Image copyright AFP Image caption Investigators believe Maëlys was taken away in a car A second man has been detained over the disappearance of a nine-year-old girl at a wedding party in Isère, eastern France. The man, who was in the area at the time, will be questioned over “contradictions” in his statement to police, […]

Sales of inefficient vacuum cleaners banned

Sales of inefficient vacuum cleaners banned

Image copyright Getty Images Sales of vacuum cleaners producing more noise and heat than suction are restricted under EU rules from today. Vacuum cleaners using more than 900 watts and emitting more than 80 decibels will be banned when stocks run out. Some anti-EU campaigners say homes won’t be properly cleaned if people have to […]

VW and Toyota join rivals with diesel scrappage schemes

VW and Toyota join rivals with diesel scrappage schemes

Image copyright JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/Getty Images Volkswagen and Toyota have joined rival carmakers in launching their own diesel scrappage schemes in the UK. Competitors in the UK, including BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Vauxhall have already launched schemes. VW will give discounts of up to £6,000 to trade in diesel vehicles when buying a new car. […]